Jun 05

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

At the last minute jodeska kindly invited me to see Empire of the Sun at the Sydney Opera House. After my four night Kraftwerk marathon I didn’t think I would be back at the Opera House so soon!
We met at the food trucks for some quick pre-show jaffles. Our seats were great – front row of the circle (upstairs) in the concert hall (you can see us in see pic below from smh photos). The support act High Highs were pleasant enough – I thought Husky meets The Temper Trap.
The crowd was fairly young, compared to Kraftwerk. It was great to see so many hyped up people ready to enjoy EOTS. Even the random middle-aged Danish tourist sitting next to me had them in her iPod! When the show started, the crowd went nuts! The stage design, lighting and visuals were quite spectacular. The dancers had some crazy costumes on and kind of reminded me of the animation Fantastic Planet. When “the Steel” made his appearance I was bemused and fascinated by his flamboyant costume and stage presence. It really was unlike any Australian act I’d seen before (no, I didn’t see Skyhooks in the 70s). I was disappointed not to see Nick Littlemore perform with EOTS, I don’t really know what the story is. If you believe what you read on the internets, he won’t get out of bed for less than one million dollars! Anyway, EOTS performed tracks from their new album, some very 80s/Prince style tunes as well as the big hits from their first album. Those songs made everyone in the crowd extra happy and enthusiatic (except Gotye who was sitting four seats down from me – he didn’t dance). At the end Steele smashed up a guitar – bwahaha awesome rock cliché! I had an unexpected good time, thanks to Jodeska.

Can you see me on the balcony? About 4 seats to the right of me is Gotye

Read harsh smh review here, good photos here

Further reading: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/keeping-the-faith-20130523-2k1ta.html

Jun 01

Move over Daft Punk, here are the original robots :)

Watching Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 13

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 12

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 10

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 09

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 05

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 15

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 18

I had grand plans of blogging about each night of the Kraftwerk marathon… but I didn’t realise how much effort it was going to be. Think about it, you go to a live performance of one of your all time favourite artists and are blown away with 90 minutes of electronic heaven, then you do it again another seven times in four days. It was somewhat insane but, it was awesome, you really had to be there! Overall, it was an epic experience and I felt privileged to be able to afford, have the time and opportunity to see all eight Kraftwerk shows in Sydney.

Here are some ramblings from the last three nights of Kraftwerk at Vivid Live.

Saturday 25 May - Trans-Europe Express (1977) and The Man Machine (1978)
• We were running late for the 7pm show and had to push through the hoards of thousands around Circular Quay checking out the Vivid lights. We sat down in the Joan Sutherland Theatre just as the lights went down and Kraftwerk were starting. Sweat. Dripping.
• Enthusiastic crowd – more woohoo’ing
• Our Kiwi friends were randomly seated right next to us!
• Food truck food for dinner at the “half-time” break.
• The Man Machine show had an even more enthusiastic crowd which included hand clapping and “singing” along to some tracks!

Sunday 26 May – Computerworld (1981) and Techno Pop (1986)
• Met up again with pbot before the show at Opera Kitchen. All five of us were sitting in the same row for this show! It was the out of town-ers row!
• Sat next to a father and son (aged twenty-something) from Canberra. The father told us about buying Kraftwerk albums (on vinyl) when they came out in the 70s. I asked him how did people find out about “cool” music back in the day before the internets and he said that he used to ring up radio stations like Double J and ask them to recommend music.
• There were a few technical hitches during tonight’s shows. These are the things you notice when you start seeing the same thing again and again! This meant they were human and not actually robots :P
• Degrassi and Leo Broke were the “lucky recipients” of our successful ballot tickets for Techno Pop. We applied for five shows and only got one in the ticket ballot.
• What I particularly  liked about Techno Pop was the chance to see some different visuals/tracks (stuff that wasn’t in the greatest hits package from the last 5 shows)
• We had really great seats right near the stage again and there was a partial standing ovation down the front.

Monday 27 May – The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003)
• It finally dawned on me while at The Mix, that Kraftwerk had been performing “The Mix ” versions of their classic tracks over the last four nights. They were more energetic and sounded heaps better than the original versions.
• Finally caught up with the Honka Princess
• Enjoyed Tour de France soundtracks as I wasn’t so familiar with this album
•At the end of the last show, the Kraftwerk guys shook hands and patted each other on the back for a job well done. Standing ovation by all in the Opera House.

After four nights, I would have to say that my favourite tracks were The Robots (made me want to listen to old electro and hip-hop & hip house), Radioactivity (made me want to go to a rave) and Tour de France (made me want to dance). But really, they were all good. The one thing missing from the shows was the opportunity to get up and dance, it just wasn’t that kind of crowd I guess. I’m sure that people would have been annoyed about their 3D show being obscured. A guy next to me at one of the shows had even brought his own fancy 3D glasses.

Anyway… OMG Kraftwerk the pioneers of electronic music performed live right in front of me eight times!!!

See my many photos here

Further reading:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/electronic-pioneer-still-retains-the-wow-factor-20130526-2n54i.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/australia-culture-blog/2013/may/26/kraftwerk-sydney-opera-house-vivid

http://www.themusicnetwork.com/reviews/live/2013/05/28/live-review-kraftwerk-vivid-live/

May 25

Kraftwerk part 1 Autobahn

Kraftwerk part 2 : Radio Activity

Finally Vivid is here! The harbour looked amazing with all the illuminated buildings and light sculptures but the pouring rain… what a pain in the…

I met pbot at Circular Quay – he had flown all the way from San Fran for this special event. He was hyped in his reserved, jet-lagged, electro way. We met up with Dave, Dan Aikido & JRMY (via NZ) at the wet Opera Bar for a quick pre-show snack.

The show started exactly on time at 7pm. Those late comers into the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Opera House are soooo annoying :P By awesome co-incidence our friends were sitting right next to us, which made seeing the first Kraftwerk show even better! We put on our 3D glasses and enjoyed the show. Each show has a different “collectible” pair of glasses of each album’s artwork.  There was cheering and woohoo’ing as the pioneers of electronic music did their thing. The 3D visuals were cool and really added to the experience. There were two little kids sitting in front of us – their parents must have thought this would be a once in a lifetime experience for them, better than Yo Gabba Gabba! After Autobahn (1974) was played in it’s entirely, a Kraftwerk “greatest hits” package was played – this was great – all the classics! We filed out an hour and a half later and realised we are going to do this another seven times over the next four nights!

The second show Radio-Activity (1975), started exactly on time at 9:30pm. This time our seats were amazing – about 6 rows from the front on the left side in front of Ralf! It’s like when you want to be on the side where John Taylor will be at a Duran Duran concert  ha ha ha. The crowd seemed even more enthusiastic down the front with more shouting out and woohoo’ing. The somewhat older lady I was sitting next to was also going to all eight shows and said she was glad she wasn’t the only nutcase doing that :P Radio-Activity was a pretty short album, so the greatest hits package commenced to more woo hoo’ing and people wanting to bust out some electro moves in their Opera House seats. The second show came with a surprise encore – the Expo remix by UR (sorry pbot, you missed that one). I decided to check out the merchandise stand… only one person serving hoards of cashed up Kraftwerk fans, the poor guy. I bought a red tote bag (I couldn’t resist). We happily left part two of the Kraftwerk experience searching for food in the pouring rain. We ended up catching a bus to BBQ King in Chinatown for a delicious midnight supper.

Bring on the next 6 Kraftwerk shows!!

 A concept eight years in-the-making since their initial invitation from the Venice Biennale, Kraftwerk have collected three decades of their most innovative music into an audiovisual exhibition that has redefined traditional concert motifs. Celebrating eight studio masterworks across four evenings – Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) – this groundbreaking new performance series explores each album chronologically alongside their most iconic moments and artwork, creating the definitive Kraftwerk retrospective.

Renowned as the pioneers in electronic music history, these self-described ‘operators’ have influenced artists as unique and varied as David Bowie, Daft Punk, Kanye West, R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem and Joy Division. Following its international debut in April 2012 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and residencies at Düsseldorf’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and London’s Tate Modern, KRAFTWERK – THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 now invites Australian audiences to explore one of the richest histories in global sound, image culture and popular music.

 

 

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Sep 18

Ronnie's 40th

Although he was in denial, Ronnie celebrated his 39th 40th birthday in style at The Little Queen. I was invited to drop some tunes for the party folk. Playing back to back with Jase at the end of the night was fun too. Here’s a list – in no particular order of some of the tracks I played (on CD!).
Everybody Everybody – Black Box
1999 – Prince
Little Red Corvette – Prince
The Belle Of St Mark – Sheila E
The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) – Sheila E
Nasty Girl (Extended Mix) – Vanity 6 (dedicated to Josie the Honka Princess)
Midas Touch – Midnight Sar
I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
Love Come Down – Evelyn “Champagne” King
Everybody’s Free – Rozalla
The Power – Snap
Theme From S-Express
Big Fun – Inner City
Let The Beat Heat ‘Em – Lisa Lisa
Love U More – Sunscreem
Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Dreams – Stevie Nicks Feat. Deep Dish
Bless the rains (Africa edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Do I believe in god (Controversy edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Nobody (Ain’t nobody edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys
The Promised Land – Joe Smooth
Amazing – George Michael
Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic
Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn
I feel love (12″ remix) – Donna Summer
Who’s that Girl – Eurythmics
Michael Jackson – can’t remember which track maybe Don’t Stop til you get Enough
I think I also played: Tears for Fears? Kylie? Blondie? It was a looong night.

Ron & Rozie

Happy Birthday Ronnie, you look great for your age ;)

Australian Rozie & Groupie Photo on Instagram Uh, can’t work out how to share a photo from Instagram onto this blog. Tech support anyone?

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Jun 28

Oh hey, I just joined mixcloud :P

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Jun 27

27 June

27 June

I had the day off work today – got to love the nine day fortnight! I took the opportunity to go for a walk around the local area and avoid shopping centres. I really like the store called Title on Crown Street in Surry Hills. It has a great selection of music, books and dvds which are not mainstream or commercial – go to JB HiFi if you want that $hit. They have opened/expanded their existing store to the shop next door, now they have heaps more awesome art/design/music books… I’d love to have so many of them but I’m trying to conquer my clutter (very badly). One that caught my eye was The Girl in the Song: The Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics – I love music books, you can call it trivia or reference or history. Anyway, I held back, sorry not helping the local economy but at least I’m not going to buy it online for half the price! Actually, I did buy a little present for the Honka Princess’ birthday.

In other news, TBWA\Worldwide relaunches digital offering

Charles Clapshaw has been named TBWA\Dan’s president, heading up the network alongside its new worldwide executive creative director David Lee.

WOW! I used to work with Charles (he was one of those guys who loved fun music in the office and was actually nice to work with in an ad agency). I guess that wasn’t him on the train the other day. I was sitting behind a guy and he looked just like Charles. Great work if you can get it. Congratulations!

Jun 18

Go Karise!

Congratulations Karise – winner of The Voice Australia… why do they keep calling her the winner of The voice of Australia now? It’s like they changed the name of the show.
I called it at the auditions – I said Karise is going to win, she is THE VOICE! Didn’t I Dave?

18 June

Other random stuff today pictured above.

Jun 17

17 June

Finally checked out the rage: Celebrating 25 Years exhibition at Carriageworks. It was so big and such a visual feast! After that we headed over to The Fern for some lunch. We’ve been meaning to check this place out for a while. It had a nice ambience, friendly service, funky decor and great Sunday afternoon tunes playing (old school funk and soul). Unfortunately, the food was not very good, both of our dishes were burnt. Dave got a new serving of his corn cakes made, but I just ate around my burnt burger buns. Was the chef asleep?, it really wasn’t acceptable to be serving up food like that. At least they did not charge for one of the main meals. I think this place is more about the drinking, as the alcohol list was much more comprehensive than the meals. I shouldn’t have eaten there in hindsight after Friday night’s un-IBS friendliness. Oh well, bland food is on the menu for the next 2 days.

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Jun 15

15 June

Today I had lunch “in the nice food court” with my old workmate EO. She gave me some surprising news – I’m not telling you what, it’s “private”!

After work, Dave & I had some dinner at the Eat Art Truck located at Belmore Park, near Central. I had a very flavoursome Confit spatchcock ssam with crispy noodles $12 (this turned out to be extremely un-IBS friendly) and Dave had Pulled Pork in a bun with mustard cabbage with hot sauce $12. I also had a Pear & Rhubarb EAT Juice which was very nice but also dangerously un-IBS friendly.

15 June - part 2

Eat Art Truck @ Belmore Park, Central

Confit spatchcock ssam with crispy noodles

We then walked over to Cake Pop-Up Wine Bar in Chippendale, where we met up with The Brad, Confused Machines, Adam & Ben.

FraserStudios will be closing their doors soon and the team at Cake wines will be sending the Chippo warehouse off in style with a pop-up bar. Across three weeks there will be hand picked events including FBi live broadcasts, a solo piano session from Joyride, DJ sets from the boys at Future Classic DJs as well as art installations, theatre and of course wine tastings. All four cake varieties will be pouring as well as boutique cider from the Hills and beer from 4 Pines Brewery plus delicious food from Bourke Street Bakery. it’s part of the studios’ “30 days & 30 nights” mini-festival, so go say cheerio.

It was an interesting, not too hipster gathering. There was the Jafé Jaffles van – with dishes such as the David Jafflehoff! I had a banana, with caramel & nuts number for dessert – the caramel could have been gooey-er. There was an art exhibition as well, a variety of artworks from traditional painting, installation, sculpture and video art were on display.
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Caramelo Banana - not quite gooey enough inside

After that, we walked down the road a bit to Serial Space for this… blurb taken from The Thousands (so it must be cool)

Bee Mask from Philadelphia is a bit of a smarty pants. His music has been dubbed “intellect as sound sculpture” and comes from “[taking] entropy way too personally”. An appropriate co-star, then, is Pimmon, who was once deemed “second only to Fennesz as a laptop artist”. Stitched Vision washes low tides of noise-hush over synth melodies, and you’re probably familiar with the Krautrock mysteries of Secret Birds. Quietly, I’m most excited because DJing all night is HTRK’s Nigel Yang.

It had an old school experimental music night vibe to it, like the Clan Analogue or Frigid parties from back in the day. I met a few new random guys – there was Matt 2 and Matt 3 but Confused Machines was disappointed that there wasn’t a 4-matt/format/fourth matt. Ha ha.

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Jun 04

4 June

I drove to work today, had a pretty good run – it only took an hour to get to work.
There is a lunar eclipse tonight – we could see it from our balcony!
Don’t have a lot to share today… Just discovered JuzzLikeDat podcast though, you may like their Funky, Fly and Soulfuric Tracks.

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